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EFF Leader Julius Malema Says His Party Wants a South Africa Without Borders

Should the EFF win the upcoming May elections, South Africa will no longer have any borders.

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, said that should his party come to govern South Africa, it will do away with the country's borders. He emphasized that this show of pan-Africanism would aid in eventually putting an end to the xenophobic violence directed to African foreign nationals and foster a sense of unity.


Today, in an interview with political analyst and Radio 702 host Eusebius McKaiser, Malema said:

"Borders will not be there when the EFF is in government...If we speak decolonization of education and other things, that must include the borders...The truth is when we are done fighting the foreigners, there will be a tribal war. There still will not be jobs, you still won't get that woman you want because you will still be afraid to propose."

Malema's comments are in stark contrast to those expressed by the opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), as well as the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

In recent times, the ANC has expressed increasingly xenophobic rhetoric under the guise of wanting to "toughen up measures" against undocumented African foreign nationals. Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the DA, has reasoned that the rampant corruption within South Africa and the illegal movement of large sums of money is precisely because of a lack of proper border control.

Last month, South Africa experienced an eruption of xenophobic violence in the city of Durban where Malawians were physically attacked, displaced from their homes and their businesses broken into and looted.


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Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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